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 Warrant-officer Nico "Cockie" de Haan

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Name Warrant-officer Nico de Haan
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Unit 315th squadron "Lion"
Crewing F-16s
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Started my career in the Royal Netherlands Airforce in 1977 as crewchief on the NF-5. First 2 years at 313 sq then as full pro from 1980 at 315 LION squadron at Twenthe Airbase.
In 1986 315 squadron changed to the F-16. I was one of the last crewchiefs who did the conversion to the Fighting Falcon. My first own Falcon was the J-359. My assistent crewchief at that time was Maurice "MOUSE" van Doorn. We called the J-359 the "Cloudbuster" as in the song "Cloudbusting"of Kate Bush.
My next F-16 was the J-054, the second F-16 delivered with the F-100-PW-220 engine. Unfortunatly that one crashed in Hengelo Hasseler Es in 1992. But lucky, there were no casualties.
Then I became the proud crewchief of the last F-16 delivered to the RNLAF the J-021. Of course I named it "Black Jack"
After my crewchief carreer I got promoted to Sergeantmajor and became flightchief still at 315 sq. Later I started working as 1st line maintenance coordinator, and kept on doing that till the closed down the one and only and best "Jachtvliegsquadron" there has been in the history of the RNLAF.
Three, One, Five, keeps you alive.

After closing down 315 sq I got transferred to Leeuwarden airbase. I am a dockchief in H-15 where we perform phased maintenance on the F-16.

Since June 22 2009 found a new job at the F-16 Technical Support Office at Leeuwarden airbase.

Current or Favourite assignment

We, 315 squadron, wrote history in the books of the RNLAF in the post 2nd world war period.

Deployments

Deny Flight, Allied Force.

My Jets & Assignments

J-359 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 315th squadron "Lion" [Unit History]
Period -
Current: J-359  RNlAF 323 sqn F-16A Block 15 [w/o]
My first Fighting Falcon. The second delivered by Fokker Schiphol with solar coated transparancy and RAM coating.
J-054 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 315th squadron "Lion" [Unit History]
Period -
Current: J-054  RNlAF 315 sqn F-16A Block 15 OCU [w/o]
The first "A" model with the F-100-PW-220 engine.
J-021 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 315th squadron "Lion" [Unit History]
Period -
Current: J-021  RNlAF 322 sqn F-16A Block 20 MLU [act]
The last of 231 F-16's build by Fokker for the RNLAF and delivered at 315 sq at Twenthe Airbase.
J-017 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 315th squadron "Lion" [Unit History]
Period -
Current: J-017  RNlAF 312 sqn F-16A Block 20 MLU [act]
My last OCU F-16 before the Midlife Update Program.
Other aircraft/assignments The NF-5B.
Serialnumbers:
K-4002 at 313 sq Twenthe.
K-4027 at 315 sq Twenthe.

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